‘Blueprints’ Trio

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Steve Barry’s ‘Blueprints Trio’ with bassist Jacques Emery and drummer Alex Inman-Hislop continues to mine the terrain established by Barry’s 2018 quartet release Blueprints & Vignettes (awarded 4-stars in the Sydney Morning Herald and longlisted for the 14th Australian Music Prize). Replete with lyrical chromatic counterpoint, edgy rhythmic propellants, vivid harmonic hues, the music is brought to life by the the trio’s organic, uniquely intuitive improvisatory rapport.

…besides carving some challenging notated figures for his collaborators, he allows the music to unravel into pools of free improvisation in which mood and interaction predominate over any predetermined concepts. The album becomes a dialogue between the concrete and the abstract, and not always with the composed elements fulfilling the former role and the improvised the latter.
— John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 May 2018

Blueprints Trio

Bass-less Blueprints Trio

feat. Jamie Oehlers - tenor saxophone, Daniel Susnjar - drums

Live at the Perth International Jazz Festival, November 2018

Blueprints & Vignettes (2018)

Blueprints & Vignettes is out now on Earshift Music/MGM!

A product of Barry’s doctoral portfolio in composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Blueprints & Vignettes emerged from an extended period of investigating melodic and harmonic systems borrowed from contemporary classical music and their synthesis with the jazz vernacular. The music dances between intricate compositions and free improvisation in an exploration of harmonic hues and the spontaneous re-imagination of pre-set structures. 

The album features a stellar ensemble of Sydney-based improvisers in Jeremy Rose (alto & bass clarinet), Max Alduca (bass) and Dave Goodman (drums.

Blueprints & Vignettes was long-listed for the 14th annual Australian Music Prize, and received a 4-star from John Shand in the Sydney Morning Herald.